On Writing

NaNoWriMo – Day 23 – Word Count:1956 Total: 33,741

Nanowrimo

Technically it was today that I wrote another 1956 words but it was really ‘last night’ in my mind. I got home from an absolutely AMAZING memoir class where I sat in circle with six other ridonculously inspiring writers and talked process and critics and love of writing for three hours. How could I not write when I got home?!

And I’m glad I did because another rather large conflict presented itself. Woohoo to conflict! When I looked at the clock it was 1am. I had to stop.

Writing at night is proving to be a good thing for me at this point in the game.

There are seven days left in this challenge. Seven. GULP.

That means I need to write 16, 259 more words to hit the 50,000 mark. That’s 2033 words a day. I’ve been averaging 1467 words a day. That makes me 566 words short a day. Doesn’t really seem like that much when I write it all out.

I just keep mantra-ing in my head: one day at a time.

I know I’ll freak out soon. At least, I’m expecting to.

Here’s a great link to a piece by Savannah J.Foley at Let the Words Flow about how we writers think what we write is ‘crap’.

http://letthewordsflow.wordpress.com/2011/11/23/the-big-pause/#mce_temp_url#

Been there…doing that. But our critics, despite their vigour and loudness, are wrong. I say ‘silence the critics’! Move past the big pause. Sit down. Shut up. And write. Heck, if I can do it, EVERYONE can.

One week left, people. Keep doing your best.

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